06/26/18 MRC Facebook News Flash:
FACEBOOK PAGE TEMPORARILY RESTORED

I disabled the MRC Facebook page as a B-Day gift to myself a couple of days ago but have decided to republish it for a while to hopefully steer the local audience to a forthcoming, new, local Facebook page.

VISIT THE MONTE RIO CENTRAL FACEBOOK PAGE

06/24/18 MRC Facebook News Flash:
STICK A FORK IN MY ASS AND TURN ME OVER, I'M DONE
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Mon-Sun July 9-29, 2018
BOHEMIAN GROVE
Summer Encampment

Bohemian Grove Summer Encampment
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Monte Rio Variety Show
Monte Rio Varierty Show 2018
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Saturday, July 28, 2018
Wonderland Radio Hour Needs YOU!
Featuring: RIO NIDO

Wonderland Radio Hour

Please visit Wonderland Radio Hour for full details!

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Ombudsman Hired to Assist Septic Owners
DROP IN OFFICE HOURS
Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm


David Wood septic ombudsman
David Wood photo credit: Jeff Schreiber
9925 Main Street, Monte Rio, CA 95462, next to the Monte Rio Amphitheater

In partnership with the County of Sonoma, the Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts have hired an ombudsman to provide residents of the lower Russian River with assistance and support regarding changing septic system regulations.

Septic systems, also known as Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS), have been in the news quite a bit lately. In order to combat pathogen pollution concerns, State policies have been updated and County standards for OWTS are being revised. These revisions will change the way OWTS are regulated in Sonoma County, and you may be wondering how the changes will affect you. While the regulations are still evolving, neighborhoods and communities in the lower Russian River area will be affected in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, making sense of all the laws, manuals and acronyms is no easy task - and for the many residents who depend on OWTS, it can be hard to know where to start. To that end, there is now a resource that is dedicated to providing communities with resources and support regarding the OWTS issue.

David Wood was recently hired as the Lower Russian River Ombudsman. Ombudsmen are hired to work in a variety of institutions - from governmental to educational to private organizations - but their essential function is to provide unbiased assistance to individuals with concerns about a specific issue. As a non-regulatory, informational resource, David's job is to assist residents of the lower Russian River area with OTWS related issues. Specifically, David can help with questions about regulations, provide confidential information to residents about their septic systems and identify grants and other financial assistance opportunities to help them with upgrades or improvements. David will also be tracking other issues related to water quality in the lower Russian River, so that he can help interested residents learn more about how OWTS fit into the larger picture. If you live in the lower Russian River area, David can help.

David can be reached by phone at 707-806-4723 or by email.

He is also available on other business days and Saturdays by appointment and will be attending local meetings and community events related to this issue. If you have an upcoming community event or neighborhood meeting that you would like David to attend, please contact him.
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DOG LOST IN MONTE RIO

Lost Dog in Monte Rio

pdf flier to print and share here.

How to Crate Train Your Dog (and avoid unnecessary tragedy): Click here.
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PRESERVE THE RUSSIAN RIVER CORRIDOR IN DISTRICT 5!
welcome to monte rio

The Board of Supervisors is still encouraging vacation rentals with inflated day & night occupancy allowances to block emergency vehicle access on dodgy narrow roads in Monte Rio and to overload septics.

If a resident wants to apply for a vacation rental exclusion zone for their road based on topography and/or public safety, the application fee is $8,400.

Occupancy for vacation rentals is being based on number of bedrooms, not capacity of the septic system/cesspool. Permit applicants are allowed to hire their own contractor to verify unit compatibility. The nearest example to my home: A two-bedroom home is permitted for 6 overnight guests and an additional 6 daytime guests (who shower after swimming in the river and soaking in the ubiquitous hot tub). That's 12 people using a 750gal. septic. The PRMD's own Well & Septic Department advises no more than 2 occupants for a 750gal. septic. Daily load on a tank this size should be no more than 300 gal.

Support sensible changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance and PRMD enforcement!
(These concerns (and more), were brought to Efren Carrillo's attention prior to the Board of Supervisor's April 2016 vote on changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance. Our concerns were not addressed.)

Order your 'Welcome to Monte Rio' apparel at the link to the right.
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Thursday, March 1st, 2018
STOLEN FROM MOSCOW RD

Russian River Sculpture

6ft carved wood sculpture of woman. Please contact Sonoma County Sheriff with any info. The owners and the community want her back! 
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The Next Generation of:
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
SEND IN THE CLOWNS!


(Mouse over image to participate)
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TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ALERTS
FOR MONTE RIO & PATERSON POINT:

toxic algae russian river

Click here for weekly reports.

Monte Rio is a town with approximately 1,058 residents and is 1.90 square miles in size.

It is considered to be lower middle class. In other words, a disproportionately large percentage of its households earn between $25,000 and $50,000 per year.




 
 
LOCAL FIRE SAFETY ORDINANCE
ordinance 6148 hazardous vegetation.pdf


Smokey the Bear
 
WELCOME TO
MONTE RIO
VACATION RENTAL CLUSTERF*CK
WE'RE ALL MAD.

Click on t-shirt, below, for enlargement..
monte rio t-shirt

ORDER T-SHIRTS, TANK TOPS & HOODIES HERE!

Show your support for a Sonoma County PRMD policy change to base vacation rental day & night occupancy allowances on SEPTIC DAILY LOAD CAPACITY, NOT number of bedrooms.

100% of profits will go to the Russian Riverkeeper to support their continued efforts of protecting the Russian River Watershed!

 
Wonderland Radio Hour
 
Share Sonoma
 
(Shared Housing And Resource Exchange) offers a free Home Sharing Program for anyone living in Sonoma County.

Our program creates affordable housing, using existing housing, helps our seniors remain home safely to age in place, and helps to prevent homelessness.

SHARE facilitates secure home shares for home owners or renters with those in need of housing, who are currently stressed financially, experiencing life transitions, looking for companionship, and/or needing basic assistance to remain home safely and THRIVE!
 
Lucy's Lounge
Rio Cafe
5th District Supervisor
Lynda Hopkins
Lynda Hopkins

Click on photo to visit her website
 
Monte Rio Central is the Free Online Community Directory and Resource Finder!
(Best physical bulletin boards are in the window of Bartlett's Market on Main St @ Moscow Rd. and at the Monte Rio Post Office)
Submissions can be made via the contact link in the menu.



DUTCH BILL CREEK



William "Dutch Bill" Howard (born 1823) was a Danish seaman who jumped ship at San Francisco Bay in 1849 and started a new life as a homesteader near the source of this creek.

In the 1870s, the North Pacific Coast Railroad was built through the valley. In return for donating right-of-way to the railroad, Howard received a lifetime railway pass and got a station named after him.

Join the Dutch Bill Creek Watershed listserve group.

 
 
efren carrillo
 
   
 
 
 
Pacific Wren